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BrightStars, Rhode Island’s Tiered Quality Rating and Improvement system, assists families in finding care and recognizes and supports quality in early care and education programs.

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Meet our new Program Assessment Specialist: Emily!

What is your professional background?
In college, I volunteered at a childcare center to fulfill my community service requirement, and I fell in love with the school, the staff, and of course, all the children there. After my service hours were done, I became a substitute teacher, and then upon my graduation, I was offered a full time position as their Infant classroom teacher. I then chose to pursue a new opportunity in a much more corporate environment, answering phone calls and processing peoples’ refinance and home purchase transactions from a title perspective, along with organizing and implementing a New Hire Orientation Program. I learned a ton in my 3 ½ years there, but truly missed working in a field and environment that is fulfilling and rewarding. When I learned that RIAEYC was hiring, I knew I had to give it a shot and try to get back into the field I am passionate about.


What do you find most fulfilling about working in early childhood education?
I find the early childhood education field fulfilling because I feel that the importance of establishing valuable learning habits at a very young age is grossly underestimated. The earlier we invest in the social, cognitive, and physical well-being of our children, the more likely they will grow up to be well-adjusted, healthy, and socially conscious individuals. Helping others learn has always been a passion of mine, and specifically in this position at RIAEYC, we have the ability to provide teachers with the resources needed to ensure they are offering the highest quality of care and education to young children in our community.


What is a skill you’d like to learn, and why?
I would love to learn to sew. I enjoy creating things, and it would be fun to be able to make an article of clothing or a pillowcase from scratch – or even just learn how to fix a button, zipper, or tear. It would be an incredibly useful skill to have, and I’m sure you can make some pretty cool things once you know what you’re doing.


If you could travel anywhere in the world, all expenses paid, where would you go and what would you do there?
This might seem completely random, but I have always wanted to visit Machu Picchu in Perú. Despite studying Spanish in college, I’ve never been to a Spanish-speaking country, but I feel like I need to make it happen. When I travel, I enjoy exploring historical sites and monuments, and would love to learn more about Machu Picchu’s history and Incan civilization.

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